I'm old enough that I remember when Halloween was just a day (and a night). Now it's a month-long event! Here are Halloween-themed craft events, storytimes and events to add to your calendar for the next 2 1/2 weeks. Please follow the links for detailed schedules:
WHEATON TRUNK OR TREAT: The Wheaton Park District's "Halloween Happening" is Friday, Oct. 19, this year, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Community Center and Rice Pool and Water Park. Preregistration is not required, and all ages are welcome. Admission is free. There is a small fee for some events (such as the games, which require tickets), and food concessions are available. There will be a costume pageant with prizes early in the evening, a "Trunk or Treat" event in the Rice Pool parking lot, crafts, games and a friendly "Trick or Treat Trail." My daughter and I went to this two years ago, and we had a lot of fun. Click here for a detailed schedule.
BATAVIA BATFEST: The annual "Batfest" in downtown Batavia is always a good time, and this year it's scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This family event will feature morning trick-or-treating, storytelling, pumpkin roll, hayrides, farmers' market, a costume parade, games and contests at the Riverwalk. For a complete schedule, please click here. This is a free event.
OSWEGO PUMPKINS: The Little White School Museum is offering a special seasonal craftin which kids are invited to turn a pumpkin into a pirate or a princess. They'll also play pumpkin-themed games, and are urged to come dressed as a pirate or princess. The class will be offered Monday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. -- aimed at children 3 through 5. It will be offered again on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for children ages 5 through 8. The cost is $15 for non-residents, $11 for residents. No registration required; parents must stay with their children. For more info, please visit www.littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org or www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org call 630-554-2999.
OSWEGO STORYTIME: Each month, the Little White School Museum features "Stories Alive!" with a different theme. In October, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m., it's "Pumpkin Fun." There will be a group story hour and a craft, too. Please bring a blanket or mat. You don't need to register. The class is aimed at children ages 2 through 5. The cost is $5 per class. For more info, please visit www.littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org or call 630-554-2999.
GENEVA HAYDAY: The Geneva Park District puts on "Halloween Hayday" inside the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center. This year, it will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature pumpkin painting, a cake walk, costume contest, hay rides, bounce houses and more. Open to children ages 10 and under. Free admission for adults. Children are $5 per child (or $8 per non-resident child) with pre-registration or $7/$10 at the door. For more info, please visit http://www.genevaparks.org/index.php
AURORA STORYTIMES:The Aurora Public Library's Eola Road Branch has a "Halloween Preschool Storytime" scheduled on Monday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3 through 5 are urged to come in costume. In addition a Halloween-themed storytime, there will be a short costume parade. Parents or caregivers must remain in the library's children's area. Also, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, the library will host a "Tiny Tots Halloween Storytime" for children ages 12 months through 23 months, with their caregivers. It will also feature a storytime plus costume parade. And finally, on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. will be the "Toddler Halloween Storytime" for children ages 2 and 3, featuring a costume parade. For more info, please visit www.aurora.lib.il.us or call 630-264-3400.
SYCAMORE FESTIVAL: The annual "Pumpkin Festival" in downtown Sycamore will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Oct. 28. It features a pumpkin display, a teen carnival, a kiddie carnival, scary storytimes, a pie-eating contest, great pumpkin weigh-in, house walk, a parade, plus much more, including plenty of food vendors. There is no charge to wander the courthouse lawn, looking at the decorated pumpkins. For more info, including a detailed schedule of events, please go to www.sycamorepumpkinfestival.com.
ELGIN LIBRARY: The Gail Borden Public Library is holding a "Halloween Happening" on Monday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. There will be plenty of Halloween fun, including a costume parade around the library. No registration required. For more info, click here or call 847-742-2411.
ELGIN NATURE CENTER: The Hawthorne Hill Nature Center in Elgin hosts a "Hike 'n' Story" for families once a month, followed by play time in its hands-on exhibit room and a simple craft. On Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 9:30 a.m. the event will be Halloween-themed, so litle ones are urged to come in costume. There will even be treats along the way. The fee is $3 for Elgin residents, $4 for non-residents. Aimed at children ages 2-5 with a caretaker. For more info, please visit www.cityofelgin.org or call 847-531-7055.
CANTIGNY STORYTIME: The West Chicago Public Library is teaming up with Cantigny in Wheaton to offer a special "Halloween Storytime" on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. There will be seasonal stories and fun activities. No registration is required, but you should pick up a ticket prior to the event at the West Chicago Public Library which entitles you to FREE parking for the day at Cantigny. For more info, please visit http://www.westchicago.lib.il.us/ or call 630-231-1552.